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Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city. Surrounded by mountains to the North and the Red Sea to the South, Aqaba has a unique micro climate that makes it a perfect holiday destination all year round, together with a long list of activities and attractions there is something for every sort of traveller.

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shore diving aqaba red seaAqaba is famous for all types of water sports, para-sailing, jet skis, banana boats, water skiing and windsurfing. with the water temperatures ranges from 26ºC in the summer to 20ºC in the winter it’s never too cold too get wet!

The most popular sport in Aqaba is Scuba diving, there are many dive centres offering guided dives, courses, and try dive experiences for first time divers, giving visitors a chance to discover the beautiful coral reefs of the Aqaba Marine Park. For diving services Above and Below work with our sister company SeaStar Water Sports

mumluk fort aqaba city tour arab revolt plaza aqabaIf you don’t want to get wet you can still enjoy the coral on one of the many glass bottom boats, or take a red sea cruise and enjoy a meal on board. We can also offer a sport fishing cruise out into the middle of the gulf of Aqaba.

Away from the sea, Aqaba is filled with history, such as what is believed to be the worlds oldest church dating back to 3rd century AD and the ruins of the ancient Islamic city of Ayla. There is also the Mamluk fort or Aqaba Castle and the Aqaba Archaeological museum. Just next to the museum is the Arab Revolt Plaza where the Arab revolt flag flies high above the city on a 137 m high pole!

sand bottles aqaba jordansouq spices in Aqaba JordanVisit the souk to purchase some local products from gold and silver jewellery to handicrafts, clothes and perfume. There is also a fantastic food market where you will find fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and spices. If you would like to get a unique local culture experience why not try one of our handicraft classes with a group of local artisans or a cooking class in a Jordanian family home.

There are many restaurants where you can try the local cuisine as well as international dishes. Aqaba is well known for its seafood -make sure you try the Sayyadia. After dinner relax in one of the street cafes and enjoy an arguileh and a Turkish coffee or a fresh fruit cocktail.

Sayadiah aqaba jordanhandicraft class aqaba For a full list of things to do in Aqaba visit our Aqaba Day Tours page

Aqaba is also a great base to do day tours to Wadi Rum, Petra, Dead Sea

Where to stay?

There is a selection of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels in the city as well as Bedouin villages on the South Beach and 5 star luxury hotels in the new resort of Tala Bay